tv Way Too Early With Willie Geist MSNBC June 11, 2012 2:30am-3:00am PDT
top last year's sweep by the fellas at the book of mormon? it is "way too early" for this. and good morning. i'm luke russert in for willie geist, and this is "way too early," the show that thinks the musical "cats" was robbed last night. it should have at least won best costume design, if you ask me, and i'm glad you're up with us watching on msnbc or listening live on sirius xm radio. shoot me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet me and let me know why you are awake right now. or you can do what hugh jackman does and text the word "awake" followed by your response to 622639. we'll read the best responses later in the show. the next 30 minutes will be your cram session for this monday, june 11th. there's a lot going on today, including a new investigation into a series of national security leaks that some members of congress allege came from the white house. we'll have the latest details on
those accusations. plus, joe biden carries out his solemn duty as vice president of the united states by participating in the annual super soaker fight with a group of kids. we'll tell you what's going on here later in the show. first, let's get to the news live at 5:30 a.m. here in washington, d.c., and at 30 rock, new york city. ironically, even signs of an improving economy carry political risk for the president, whose re-election campaign wants to highlight the administration's successes with taxpayer bailouts without appearing to overlook the struggles of millions of americans. well, that balancing act took a hit on friday when president obama said this during a news conference at the white house. >> the truth of the matter is that, as i said, we've created 4.3 million jobs over the last 27 months, over 800,000 just this year alone. the private sector's doing fine.
where we're seeinging wi weaknen our economy have to do with state and local government, oftentimes cuts initiated by, you know, governors or mayors who are not getting the kind of help that they have in the past from the federal government. >> mitt romney pronounced on the private sector is doing fine remark, calling the president's comments a "extraordinary miscalculation." the republican nominee cited falling medium income and record foreclosures as evidence the nation's fiscal health is far from fine. later in the day, the barrage of republican attacks forced president obama to clarify his remarks. >> listen, it is absolutely clear that the economy is not doing fine. that's the reason i had the press conference. that's why i spent yesterday, the day before yesterday, this past week, this past month and this past year talking about how we can make the economy strong. the economy's not doing fine.
>> and senior adviser david axelrod was still doing damage control on the sunday political shows, where he aimed to change the focus to the romney campaign. >> how big a mistake did the president make and is it going to stick? >> look, george, i think the american people are smarter than that. they understand. the president called the press conference to say that because of the storm clouds rolling in from europe and elsewhere, we need to undergirt our economy, and he called the press conference to promote several steps he thought we needed to take to strengthen job creation. governor romney chose to jump on the word, but what was most interesting is how he reacted to the spirit of the thing, because his statement was, we don't need any more teachers, we don't need anymore firefighters or police, the president's out of touch. out of touch? we've lost 250,000 teachers in the last couple of years. >> and there axelrod was referring to comments made by romney on friday speaking to supporters in iowa. romney criticized the president
for focusing on public sector jobs over private ones. >> he wants another stimulus, he wants to hire more government workers. he says we need more firemen, more policemen, more teachers. did he not get the message in wisconsin? the american people did. it's time for us to cut back on government and help the american people! >> on sunday, the man who battled the public sector in wisconsin, governor scott walker, defended romney's comments but made clear, firefighters and police are not big government. >> well, do you think governor romney is talking about getting rid of more teachers and firemen? >> no, i think in the end, the big issue is that the private sector still needs more help, and the answer's not more big government. i know in my state, our reforms allowed us to protect firefighters, police officers and teachers. that's not what i think when i think of big government. i think of the bigger sense is more government regulations, more stimulus, more things that take money out of the private sector and put it in the hands
of the government. >> today the president meets with treasury secretary tim geithner and sits down for interviews with anchors from critical swing states like ohio and nevada. two u.s. attorneys are taking over separate fbi investigations looking into a series of suspected national security leaks which critics of the white house say were aimed at boosting the president's profile. the alleged leaks include u.s. involvement in cyber attacks against iran, president obama's al qaeda kill list, and details surrounding the raid that killed osama bin laden. members of both parties have expressed concerns over the disclosures and senator john mccain is calling for a special council to investigate the president. president obama dismissed the claims that the leaks were intended to bolster his image, calling the accusations offensive. senator mccain responded yesterday. >> this is very offensive. our intelligence leaders in the administration say that this is the worst breach that they have ever seen. it's obvious on its face that
this information came from individuals who are in the administration. the president may not have done it himself, but the president is certainly responsible as commander in chief. >> senior obama campaign adviser david axelrod once again defended the president while refuting mccain's claims. >> the authors of all of this work have said that the white house was not the source of this information. i can't say that there weren't leaks. there were obviously leaks, but they weren't from the white house. let me tell you something, i sat with the president for two years when i was in the white house, and you know, i don't think there was anything that weighed on him more heavily than these life-and-death decisions. he understands that when he commits people to missions that their lives are at stake and the safety of americans are at stake, and the last thing that he would countenance or anyone around him would countenance are leaks that would jeopardize the security of americans on these missions and the success of
those missions. >> the president has stated he has "zero tolerance" for leaks and that an internal investigation in the white house is under way. now to business. spain has agreed to accept $125 billion bank bailout, which european leaders hope will bring some stability in the region ahead of next week's greek elections. as europe's fourth largest economy, spain becomes the largest nation in the eurozone to accept a financial rescue package. let's get the latest from overseas as we get all up in your business this morning. cnbc's geoff cutmore is live in london for us. geoff, talk to us in america about the importance of this bailout that spain just took. >> reporter: well, this is just critical, because what we've seen here is a failure by the spanish leadership to convince the markets that the banks in spain are actually safe. and we've seen in greece runs on banks when investors and savers have lost faith. now, the spanish administration wants to stop the run and
prevent there being runs on spanish banks. so ultimately, over the weekend what we had was a deal hatched out, which means that the spanish banks could potentially get something like 100 billion euros, $125 billion u.s., to try and recapitalize. this is a large number. it's bigger than estimates so far for recapitalization. but the authorities are saying what we want to do here is banish all doubts about the ability of these banks to service their debts, and that's why we're going for this 100 billion euro number. we've got a risk rally here in europe, markets are higher, the euro's at a two-week high against the dollar. it's made some gains. so, the market at the moment seems to be willing to trade to the up side on this news flow, but quite frankly, at the end of the day, nobody quite knows whether this 100 billion euros will do the job. back to you, luke. >> geoff cutmore in london, thank you so much.
fresh waves of violence in syria have spread from smaller cities into the capital damascus. rebels took the fight to the streets of president bashar al assad's stronghold saturday and clashes spilled over into monday. 35 people, meanwhile, were killed in the weekend fighting in the rebel outpost of homs, where some of the bloodiest fighting is taking place. and uk foreign secretary william hague compared it to fighting in bosnia of the 1990s, warning tens of thousands of people could be killed without international intervention. still ahead on "way too early," nationals going for the sweep of the sox at fenway. we'll bring you the highlights and some choice words from boston manager bobby valentine. i was at that game! and broadway's big night. two shows based on movies battled for best musical at the tonys last night. we'll tell you who won and bring you the list of the winners in every other category and a check of the weather when "way too early" comes right back. do not go anywhere.
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how are you, sir? >> good, luke. little hot and steamy this weekend down in d.c., huh? >> absolutely, the way we like it. but i was in boston yesterday to see the nationals' victory over the red sox and it was beautiful weather there. so good few days for the acela corridor. >> yeah, just rub that in a little more. we'll get barnacle on the phone, get his take. well, good morning, everyone. the amazing weather story over the weekend was the rainfall down around joe scarborough's hometown in pensacola, florida. incredible rains. we picked up as much rain in one day as they typically would pick up in about half a year. there was one spot in pensacola that picked up 21 inches of rain. 21 inches. at the airport they officially picked up 13 inches of rain. even by florida standards, this was incredible rainfall. this is the amount of rains you would get in two or three days with a slow-moving hurricane, let alone this is just thunderstorms that sat over the area. there's still a chance of some rain this morning. we're watching the radar still filling up here. by mobile we've got some pretty good thunderstorms. you had flooding there, too. and with all that sitting water
around, it's not going to take much to get some more flooded roads. the other travel trouble spot this morning, in kansas city. these thunderstorms are dropping down from the north. leavenworth getting some heavy rain and those are about to move through downtown kansas city. so, if you're leaving there right now, get in the car in a hurry and then you'll probably drive in some pouring rain for about a half hour to an hour. as far as the forecast goes, we are going to watch in new england dry weather today, beautiful conditions, actually, by boston and hartford, but still kind of hot and humid from philly southwards down to d.c. with the best chances of rain today the southeast. carry the umbrellas, downpours likely atlanta through the carolinas. you're very hot in dallas today to san antonio and also houston. beautiful weather, though, from billings to minneapolis. by the time we get to tomorrow, luke, all that humid air and all that rain that was in the southeast is going to move our way. so from d.c. up through i-95, tomorrow's a wet day, luke. it looks like today will be dry. >> i'll get my umbrella ready. bill karins, thank you so much. >> okay. to sports now. the miami heat will return to the finals for the second
straight year, unfortunately, after beating the celtics in game seven of the eastern conference finals. lebron james and the heat will face a thunder team that seemed unstoppable with definite durant wielding off four straight wins against the spurs. that series tips off tomorrow night at 8:00 p.m. eastern from oklahoma city. to baseball now. the nationals going for the sweep of the red sox at fenway. top of the ninth, game tied at 3. bryce harper taking off. first at the pitch, roger bernadina lifts one into right field. the relay throw is mishandled and harper slides in safely to give the nats the lead. last chance for the red sox, two outs in the ninth. dustin pedroia doesn't like the umpire's strike call and neither does bobby valentine. he comes out of the dugout to state his case and he's going to get his money's worth. pedroia would strike out swinging to end the game. the nationals get the win 4-3 to extend their lead in the n.l. east. boston falls two games below .500 after the weekend
sweep. and after the game, bobby valentine had some strong words about the officiating in this series. >> good umpires had a real bad series this series, real bad series it went one way. the game is simple -- throw it over the plate, call it a strike. don't throw it over the plate, call it a ball. simple. that's all. that's all anybody asks. i know it's been going on for 100 years, so i'm not the first one to say this was a pretty lousy series. yankees looking to sweep the mets in the subway series in the bronx. top of the ninth, mets down one. ike davis shoots one into the gap of right-center. he'll pull up in second with a double. that will score a run and tie the game at 4. bottom of the ninth, yankees' russell martin lifts one to deep left and that will carry out of the yard for a walk-off home run. yankees win 5-4. they've won eight of their last ten and are just a half game behind the rays in the a.l. east, surging new york yankees. and the yankees' big-league
club was enjoying a successful weekend and bill murray was entertaining fans at the yankees class a team, the charleston river dogs during a rain delay. murray is part owner of the team and he is clearly not afraid of sacrificing his body as he rounds third and slides safely into home on the tarp. bill murray showing the minor leaguers how it's done. should do a "caddyshack 3" or something. orioles hosting the phillies in the rubber game of their weekend series. tied game in the sixth. how about some defense from the o's? hunter pence is thrown out to end the inning. still tied in the bottom of the tenth, baltimore's matt weeders goes the other way off the right field wall. adam jones trying to score from first. the throw is not in time. orioles walk off with the 5-4 win, their second walk-off victory in as many days. they're a game off the lead in the a.l. east while the phillies remain the seller of the n.l.
east. and to hockey, the stanley cup finals. on saturday, the devils beat the kings to stay alive in that series. kings still ahead 3-2. they play tomorrow night game six back in l.a. at 8:00 p.m. only on msnbc. coming up at the top of the hour on "morning joe," president obama walks back comments that the private sector is doing fine. we'll click around the political implications with our "morning joe" crew. and when we come back here, vice president joe biden putting the water in the water cooler. we'll show you how the vp cools off his family beach bash when "way too early" comes back here on msnbc. my mother froze everything.
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♪ we told you earlier in the show that spain has agreed to accept a $125 billion bank bailout, becoming the largest nation in the eurozone to accept the financial assistance package. if you want to sound smart today, though, tell your friends that with the bailouts of greece, ireland, portugal and spain, the european union and the international monetary fund have committed roughly 500 billion euros to financial bailouts of european countries. that amounts to over $630 billion u.s. all right, enough of the
real news. let's gather around the water cooler to watch highlights from last night's tony awards. neil patrick harris returned for this third time to host the awards show last night, making a grand entrance with last year's big winner, "the book of mormon." joining in on their opening number "hello." big winners of the night include steve kazee, winning best actor for his lead performance in the musical "once," audra mcdonald for best performance by an actress in "the gershwins' porgy and bess." best original score went to "newsies" and best play of the year went to "clybourne park." the musical "once," a love story between a musician and immigrant pianist, was the big winner, scooping up eight prizes, including best musical of the year. one of the most memorable moments from last night's show was neil patrick harris descending from the ceiling upside down. ♪
>> any concerns i had about this spider-man rig failing have been overshadowed by the searing pain in my [ bleep ]. >> and continuing to dangle behind actress angela lansbury, mocking the technical difficulties experienced by the musical "spider-man" over the last year. another highlight came when neil patrick harris was transitioning to commercial. take a look at what's going on behind him in the crowd. someone doing a little surfing. >> all right, our cruise continues with candice bergen, trey parker and matt stone. love them. a special award to hugh jackman. you won't want to miss that performance. >> a little odd there. don't know if it's a pearl jam concert or the tonys. looking closely, you can see an audience member crowd-surfing
seats and he honestly has no idea. that was real. you've got to love live tv. and yesterday in washington, there was a super soaker fight with, who else, vice president joe biden. there he is when he was hosting his annual beach bash at his home at the naval observatory. and among the festivities he participated in were a water gun fight with the children of journalists in attendance. it's reported the super soaker fight turned into an all-out war between the vice president and the children, where joe biden, seen here, was absolutely soaked. backwards hat there, joe sburksan cool dad. got to love that. it was celebration time in bogota, colombia yesterday. people threw 15 tons of ripe tomatoes at each other to celebrate the work of local farmers in the area. one of the largest tomato-producing towns in the nation. it is celebrated in the town. i think president obama should
get this going in the organic tomato towns in washington, d.c. you could see people throwing that at each other. the whole getting into shape thing would really take off. still ahead, why are you still awake with me? your messy tweets and texts are next and "morning joe" moments away. [ male announcer ] what's in your energy drink? ♪ power surge, let it blow your mind. [ male announcer ] for fruits, veggies and natural green tea energy... new v8 v-fusion plus energy.
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three leading candidates in mexico's presidential race have all committed to reducing violence in mexico ahead of stopping drug trafficking into the united states. the candidates have said they will eventually intend to withdraw the mexican army from the drug fight and use those resources towards combating domestic problems. just a note, "way too early" and "morning joe" will be live tomorrow in chicago starting at 5:30 a.m. eastern time. "morning joe" crew will talk to warren buffett, and rahm emanuel, among others in barack obama's hometown. we asked you why are you awake? the man with the plan, producer john tower, has the answers. john, what have we got, my friend? >> luke, good